Orange County, Texas
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Trust Property is property that did not sell at a Tax Foreclosure Sale. The taxing jurisdiction receives property to hold on behalf of itself and the other taxing units. This is referred to as “struck-off” and is listed in the entity’s name with “TRUST”.
Trust property is available for purchase through a written bid process. There are two types of bids, sealed bids and open bids.
When a property does not sell at a tax foreclosure sale, the public is given and equal opportunity to submit a sealed bid for a period of thirty days after the date of the tax sale.
To submit a sealed bid:
Sealed bids will be opened at the end of the thirty days.
Bidders will be notified of their bidding status and the highest qualifying bidder will be asked to submit the bid amount.
Payment must be in cashier’s check or money order payable to: Linebarger Law Firm.
If property is not sold during the sealed bid process and the thirty day period has expired, it becomes available for open bid.
To submit an open bid:
Unless a bid is equal to or greater than the tax sale minimum bid that is shown on the Trust Property listing, the bid is required to go through an approval process by all associated entity’s governing bodies. This process can take several months. If the bid is equal to or greater than the tax sale minimum bid, approval by the governing bodies is not necessary.
Bidder will be notified once status has been determined.
Bid Submission forms are available online and at the Orange County Tax Office.
A Written Statement of Delinquent Taxes shows if a bidder owes or does not owe delinquent taxes in Orange County.
To obtain a statement a bidder must complete a "Request for Written Statement of Taxes" form. The requestor’s signature on the form is required to be notarized. Forms and notary services are available at no charge in the Orange County Tax Office. Forms are also available online but will still need to have signature notarized. Once complete, the request will be processed and a Written Statement of Taxes is issued.
There is not a charge for the "Written Statement of Delinquent Taxes" for bids on Trust Property.
The Right of Redemption is governed by Sec. 34.21 of the Texas Property Tax Code. The redemption period begins on the date that the Sheriff’s deed is filed for record in the County Clerks Office. You should seek legal counsel if you are unsure of the applicable redemption period.
There is no “deadline.” Bids are taken on all of the open bid properties until an acceptable bid is submitted and approved.
The Texas Property Tax Code authorizes the priority in which the resale proceeds are to be disbursed. Depending on the amount of the bid, in some circumstances only the judgment tax years are paid; in other circumstances both the judgment tax years and the post judgment tax years are paid.
Taxes, penalties, and interest that accrue against a property for tax years that become due and delinquent after the entry of the judgment and up to the date the property is struck off at the tax foreclosure sale.
Trust Property FAQs